Reporting Jennifer McLogan
YAPHANK, N.Y. (AP/CBS New York) – Officials on eastern Long Island say some areas were hit by up to 17 inches of snow during an overnight storm, causing dozens of fender-benders but no injuries.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy said police recorded 63 crashes, and 48 cars were found disabled on highways.
He said parts of the county actually experienced more snowfall than the holiday blizzard that struck two weeks ago, but that winds were not nearly as powerful Wednesday.
Long Island’s county executives and town supervisors declared snow emergencies, urging people to stay off the roads so plows could do their jobs.
The streets of Port Jefferson were overflowing, blasted all night and day with heavy snow off the Long Island Sound.
The snow made driving nearly impossible, and businesses ground to a halt.
“It’s not fun and games at all,” Anthony Marmo, who works in Port Jefferson, told CBS 2′s Jennifer McLogan. “It’s been a very trying morning, and we’re opening late. We stayed off the roads.”
For some families, though, the snow was a dream rather than a nightmare.
“The kids are sleigh-riding right now, and my daughter’s very excited to be home from college,” Port Jefferson resident Christine Shaljian said.
The Long Island Power Authority reported only several hundred outages out of a customer base of 1.1 million.